How to Use This Course
This course is a non-AP level physics course. If students plan on attending college, regardless of intended major, it will be adequate preparation and a complete course for a high school student; however, the math will not be quite as intense. A knowledge of math through Algebra 2 or trigonometry is helpful for taking this course, and having a basic physical science background in topics such as the scientific process, states of matter, and basic atomic structure before taking this course is recommended.
Welcome to Physics! I know the topic of physics can seem daunting, but it is definitely satisfying to learn how so many things around us happen. When you start this course, most things that occur to you and around you in the world will just be chalked up to chance. By the time you are finished, you will understand how and why the world works as it does.
Physics encompasses many things, from why the Earth rotates around the sun to why your lights dim when you turn on a vacuum. If you enjoy auto shop, you’ll be fascinated to know how to improve the efficiency of your car or truck. If you enjoy ice skating, you’ll pick up a few tips as you learn how skaters do what they do. If you enjoy playing on the Internet, it will be interesting to learn why some Internet connections are better than others. Have to drive in the snow this winter? Now you’ll know better how to stay on the road and keep your car in one piece. All of those topics share explanations using the laws of physics. You’ll be able to experience what you are learning in your everyday life.
That said, physics is a tough subject. It will challenge you and frustrate you. But it will also make you feel fantastic when it finally clicks! I will give you these pointers to get you started. By the end of the course, I’m sure you will have figured out some other tips and tricks that help you succeed. If you have questions, I’m just an email away. I’ll be happy to help if you get stuck, and there’s no fee when you let me know you are a Schoolhouse Teachers student. If you need a lot of homework help or grading services, please email me so we can work something out (I charge a small fee for those services).
This course will include topics such as kinematics, forces and Newton’s Laws, circular motion, work and energy, momentum, harmonic motion, waves, Coulomb’s Law, electric potential, circuits, magnetism, and optics.
This course is a non-AP level physics course. This would be labeled physics in a regular high school setting versus honors or AP level. I hope to also create honors and AP levels as well in the future, so if you are looking for something more challenging, please keep that in mind.
- Week 1: Introduction
- Weeks 2-4: Kinematics in One Dimension
- Weeks 5-7: Kinematics in Two Dimensions
- Weeks 8-10: Forces and Newton’s Laws
- Weeks 11-13: Circular Motion
- Weeks 14-16: Work and Energy
- Weeks 17-18: Momentum
- Weeks 19-20: Harmonic Motion
- Weeks 21-23: Waves
- Weeks 24-26: Coulomb’s Law/E-Field
- Weeks 27-29: Electrical Potential
- Weeks 30-32: Circuits
- Weeks 33-34: Magnetism
- Weeks 35-36: Optics